Elon Musk, who described himself as a “free speech absolutist,” wrote a column for Chinese online censorship.
In the column, Moss celebrates his activities – notably SpaceX, Tesla and Neuralink – by defining what he believes is “a better future for humanity”.
He does not mention his conflict with Twitterwho is suing him after he gave up on a $ 44 billion deal to buy the platform.
Musk initially said he wanted to buy Twitter because of how much he did appreciated freedom of speech – something that goes against the work of the Cyberspace Administration of China (CAC), the country’s online regulator.
The billionaire said he was invited by the magazine to contribute his “thoughts on the vision of technology and humanity,” which included founding a self-sufficient city on Mars.
“Every area that contributes to a sustainable future is worth our investment,” he wrote.
“Whether it’s Tesla, Neuralink or SpaceX, these companies were all founded with the ultimate goal of improving the future of human life and creating as much practical value as possible for the world.
“Tesla to accelerate the world’s transition to sustainable energy, Neuralink for medical rehabilitation, SpaceX to make interstellar connections possible, “he added.
The billionaire has long taken a softer stance towards the Chinese government than the US authorities, which he has repeatedly criticized when their actions conflict with his business interests.
While he described the COVID-19 blockade in the United States as “fascism,” he has held his tongue on similar moves in China, despite being far more draconian and also impacting production at Tesla factories.
Unlike in the United States, Musk’s business in China is conducted at the discretion of Beijing.
He is not the only tech mogul who has attempted to woo Beijing.
Apple’s Tim Cook, Meta’s Mark Zuckerberg and Google’s Sundar Pichai have all tried, with varying degrees of success, to get on the good side of the Chinese Communist Party.
Commenting on the Bloomberg News column, Kendra Schaefer said, “If Musk doesn’t sit in front of a congressional committee within a year to be grilled about his relationship with China, I’ll be amazed.”
When he initially explained the rationale behind his $ 44 billion acquisition of Twitter – from which he is now engaged in a legal struggle to back out – Musk said: “Free speech is the foundation of a functioning democracy and Twitter. it is the square of the digital city where vital issues for the future of humanity are debated “.
At the time, Amazon founder Jeff Bezos asked whether the deal it would give China “some leverage” on the platform.